At this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Mercedes has showcased a special concept car called the EQ Silver Arrow. The concept has been built as an homage to the automaker’s original W 125 race car, which etched its name in the automotive history by clocking a top speed of 268 mph over the flying kilometer back in 1938. The record stood for 79 years and was only broken last year by a Koenigsegg Agera RS. Just like the original race car from the ‘30s, the concept is a single-seater with a central driving position. But instead of a massive 12-cylinder engine, the EQ Silver Arrow is all-electric.
The Mercedes concept car is powered by an 80-kilowatt-hour battery pack and has 738 horsepower on tap. Similar to the W 125 race car, the EQ Silver Arrow is long and thin measuring more than 17 feet long but just 3 feet deep. The Alubeam Silver paint pays tribute to the color of the classic Silver Arrows race cars and is highlighted by led lighting strips that run across the car’s body. The smooth carbon fiber body has been designed to make it slippery through the air. Metallic covers hide part of the 24-inch wheels which have an insane 168-spoke design. The canopy of the car is mounted on hydraulic struts and has the steering wheel attached on it. The leather wrapped steering wheel has a button that gives the option of masking the whine of the electric motors with a synthetic soundtrack of either a F1 car or a V8 AMG GT. Mercedes has also incorporated a little video game inside the cockpit.